[Cool! Cory gets to chair a session! What fun!]

Hwee-Joo Kam and Pairin Katerattanakul, “Web 2.0 in Higher Education: Collaborative Learning”

  • Research Question: How do we use Google Docs and Spreadsheet to support online collaborative learning? [fun! My question: why did you pick Google Docs? Is that app particularly representative of features you’re interested in?]
  • Web 2.0 facilitates active learning and knowledge construction, cooperation and teamwork, and learning via problem solving.
  • using hermeneutic circle approach to interpret 216 student responses.
    • Ricocur says text is words and actions!
  • Ah! Another prof asks why use this tool instead of IMS like WebCT. Hwee-Joo wants to test teamwork in classroom for short-term test

Ruba Aljafari, “Distributed Model Management Systems: A Proposal for an Ontology-Based Approach”

  • See summaries from INFS 838 presentations this May and April

Te-Wei Wang and Chih-Chen Lee,”Sharing Is the Key to Create a Community of Learning in Higher Education”

  • “The more I teach in technology, the more I see technology is not a problem.” We have all the tools we need for a lot of the tasks we want to do.
  • We use Google Docs because it’s free!
  • Technology is also not the solution. Hand a bad teacher good tech, and you still have a bad teacher.
  • Sharing is the key. Being a good teacher is about finding the best material, putting it together, and sharing it freely.
  • MIT isn’t afraid of sharing: they have the best curriculum, and they put it online.
  • Reciprocity is a key component of sharing: we share with the understanding that others will do so too and that we will all benefit.
  • See Dr. Wang’s Open Course Blog!
  • Dr. Wang incorporates a lot of podcasts from various sources (he digs TED!)
  • Dr. Wang also has students use blogs to showcase their work.
  • Dr. Wang is totally against copyright, since it blocks creativity.

Mark Moran, Jack Walters, and Rick Puetz, “Longitudinal Examination of Student Attitudes Towards Enhanced Instruction with Tablet PC”

Rao Nemani and Steve Creason, “Research Methodologies Used in Knowledge Management: A Literature Review”

  • Creason presents: he’s a lawyer by training! Worked for Anderson Consulting! A practical dude!
  • definitions of knowledge driven by context, depend on whom you ask
  • Creason and Nemani looked at 49 KM articles, most (43) from 1990s and 2000s
  • Creason says KM lit contracted by 10% in 2000 (remember IT bubble burst?); seeing a practical business rebirth now: “how do I collect it, how do I make it useful?” We’ve gotten over tryign to define everything, now getting to work.
  • There’s a lot of really good numbers out there, but sometimes they get separated from the qualitative impacts.
  • KM has used both quant and qual, but Creason says a lot of the existing lit fails to prove the real value of a lot of the info systems out there.
  • Open source thriving in govt and ed because those fields buy into collaboration
  • Creason sees even spread of quant, qual, and crit research in KM (???)
  • Creason notes that education has been investigating these concepts for a long time; KM is catching up!

Elahe Javadi, “Attention-Based View of Knowledge Integration in Virtual Teams”

  • Herb Simon: Information consumes attention. That’s the scarce resource!